Kentuckians head south bringing help and hope

More than 100 volunteers from the Kentucky Red Cross and other local groups are making the trip
Posted at 1:33 PM, Sep 03, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) — Year after year, hurricanes plague communities that suddenly are desperate for support they never knew they would need.

As Hurricane Dorian sets to make landfall, groups from Kentucky loaded their trucks and made plans to head South.

"We've got 100 folks who are volunteering and going. They are all the way from Ashland to Benton," said Southern Baptist Convention Kentucky Disaster Relief Team member Coy Webb.

Webb's team told WAVE 3 News that they will get on the road Wednesday, bringing a mobile kitchen that can distribute 25 thousand meals a day. They're also sending several recovery teams and trailers to do the heavy lifting.

"Those teams will be doing chainsaw, and roof tarping, and a mobile shower unit that will be going," said Webb.

The Kentucky Baptist group will also bring a team of chaplains as they believe in times like these, compassion goes a long way.

Webb explained, "We find that disaster victims being able to share their stories with someone who cares and is there to help really helps that healing process to begin."

The Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross also sent a team of four emergency response vehicles down to Montgomery, Alabama, where they will be deployed to areas that need them most.

"It's huge it's a monster," said Daniel Wirth, a regional disaster officer with the American Red Cross.

Although the teams go to the aftermath of many storms, they explained the magnitude of Dorian has them motivated to bring whatever help they can.

Webb said, "Right now has the potential to be one of the largest storms ever that has hit our mainlands."